Rain provides limited relief to Shihmen Reservoir: WRA
Following the torrential rain around the nation yesterday, the Water Resources Agency (WRA) calculated that the Shihmen Reservoir ( ) has accumulated 5.51 million metric tons of rain water, which increased the water supply of the dam up to four more days. The Baoshan Reservoir ( ) and the Second Baoshan Reservoir ( ) in Hsinchu have also accumulated up to 10 days of water from the rain, while the Yungheshan Reservoir (
) in Miaoli received eight days of supply.
However the Ministry of Economic Affairs ( MOEA) has stated that the nation is still a long ways away from the end of the drought period, imploring all citizens to actively participate in water conservation.
With the rainfall observed recently, the entire nation has wondered whether if the government would terminate the third stage of water rationing. However, the MOEA said that there are currently no such plans, as the weather will most likely turn dry. An official of the MOEA has stated that plans will be readdressed after observing the results of the next four days.
The WRA also stated that the water regulation policy will only complete its first activation cycle tomorrow, and that from the rate of current water depletion and accumulation, the WRA would have to hold further discussions this week to determine whether if a new water program should be put in place.
The Central Weather Bureau has also warned that recent temperature will begin to turn into dry cold fronts with small chance of rain.
According to WRA Chief Secretary Lai Chien-hsin ( ), the rain observed recently only benefitted the reservoirs in the north, while the water supply south continue to decline.
Deputy manager of Taiwan Water Corp’s Sixth Branch Wang Ming-shiao ( ) recently said that due to the drought, Tainan had to provide Kaohsiung with 30,000 metric tons of water.
Since last December, Kaohsiung served as the water provider to Tainan, supplying 40 thousand metric tons of water to Tainan on a daily basis. But due to the severity of the drought, Kaohsiung had not only cease its aid to Tainan this month, but had to request that the roles be reversed recently so that Kaohsiung may have enough water.